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Ohio’s Gang Green was a busy team this weekend, playing two bouts against an incredibly strong opponent at home, then the next day against one of the newest, fast-rising WFTDA Apprentice leagues on the road.  In the first bout of the weekend’s double-header, Gang Green welcomed in their opponents from Baltimore, the Charm City Roller Girls’ reserve squad, Female Trouble.  The bout started well for Gang Green, with swing-skater TactiGal notching six points in the first jam.  Held scoreless over the next three jams, however, Gang Green watched as the Female Trouble were able to gain a lead they would never relinquish by going up 22-6 just six minutes into the contest.  Obtaining lead jammer status at a ratio of 17:4 in the first half, Charm’s Female Trouble were able to dictate gameplay and control the clock for the opening thirty minutes.  A Red Pepper track cut forced by Gang Green’s Nicold N’ Deadly in the sixteenth jam closed the deficit to 26-47, but that was as close as the home squad could get before halftime.  Even with two back-to-back forearm penalties to Female Trouble jammers Federal Kill and Ela Trick to close the first half, Gang Green was unable to produce much offense due to stringent Charm City blocking.  At halftime, Gang Green was facing a fifty point deficit, 39-89. 


Gang Green played much better in the second half, minimizing the number of short-handed packs they were able to field.  The result of this was their ability to obtain lead jammer nearly three times as much as they did in the opening period.  However, the Female Trouble jammers were able to take advantage of three Gang Green jammer penalties in the second half, scoring double-digit jams during each power jam.  Gang Green was able to get to within thirty-two points of their opponents with 9:30 left in the bout, but the Female Trouble put the kibosh on a Gang Green comeback attempt by earning lead status seven of the bout’s final eight jams.  Pulling away late, the Female Trouble returned to Baltimore with the 171-102 victory.  Following the bout, Ally McSqueal and Blitz Lemon were named Most Valuable Jammer and Blocker for Gang Green.  Red Pepper and Federal Kill shared the same honors for Charm’s Female Trouble.




Looking to shake off the loss from the night before, Gang Green took a quick road trip to Mt. Vernon (OH) for a Sunday bout against newest WFTDA Apprentice league, the Central Ohio Roller Dolls (CORD).  Gang Green used this contest as a developmental bout for some of their newest skaters, with Last Call Ta’Killya, HardKore Lena, and Destroyer Pants all making their debut wearing an Ohio Roller Girls jersey.  The Gang Green teamwork appeared to develop slowly during the opening nine jams of the contest, as CORD jumped to an early 37-26 lead due to consistent jamming by CORD’s ShaSam, Nukeleophile, and Coconut Mayhem.  The tides turned in Gang Green’s favor in jam ten as Adams, SlammerHead, Quiet Storm, and Lil Spitfire forced two consecutive track cuts to CORD’s Nukeleophile.  Gang Green’s Hope Dela Vega posted nineteen points, and gave Gang Green their first lead, 45-37, with 15:00 remaining in the first period.  A few jams later, back to back double-digit jams by Pi-Thon and Nicold N’ Deadly gave Gang Green a 93-55 lead with 3:30 remaining.   Central Ohio then closed the first period with an impressive performance of their own accord.  The CORD pack was able to force four jammer penalties to Hope Dela Vega over the remaining two jams and outscored Gang Green 42-0 with Hope in the box.  What was a comfortable lead had quickly become a four point deficit (93-97) as the teams entered halftime. 


The second half went back and forth, with neither team able to separate themselves from the other.  The largest lead of the half was a twenty-seven point advantage (137-110) for CORD with 18:45 remaining, and the slimmest lead was also held by CORD, a 170-166 advantage with 1:30 left in the bout.  All period, CORD went with a consistent three jammer rotation of ShaSam, Nukeleophile, and Coconut Mayhem, where Gang Green used this game to develop seven different jammers in the second period.  Skaters taking their turn with the jammer star for Gang Green included Hope Dela Vega, Nicold N’ Deadly, Quiet Storm, Pi-Thon, SlammerHead, Destroyer Pants, and Zinnia Zombie.  The winner would not be decided until the final jam.  With a four point lead, CORD placed ShaSam on the line against Gang Green’s Pi-Thon.  Last second heroics were not in the cards for Gang Green as ShaSam shot up the inside line to gain lead status.  Adding one lap for a few more insurance points did the trick for Central Ohio, as ShaSam called the jam off as soon as the game clock hit 0:00.  The loss drops Gang Green’s record to 1-4.  Following the bout, Pi-Thon and Nicold N’ Deadly were named Gang Green’s Most Valuable Jammer and Blocker.  ShaSam and Green Hellana shared the same honors for the Central Ohio Roller Dolls. 

Andrew Marron